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Internet Security: Flaws in Most Secure Email Service

Internet Security: Flaws in Most Secure Email Service

BBC reveals that even the most secure email service has a ‘flaw’

We live such an age where threat to privacy is rising at an alarming level and a number of tech firms and service providers jumped on the wagon bringing the coveted ‘internet security’ to the consumers. BBC has exposed one such email service provider named Nomx who claimed to be world’s most secure email platform. This small personal email server firm has claimed to offer absolute security to the consumers but it failed to live up to the rigid expectation after undergoing a BBC Click investigation.

This email service is created by an entrepreneur named Will Donaldson who popularized his platform as being the most secure communication protocol in the world for safeguarding the email messages. In its defense Nomx has stated that the test conducted to declare its security has been done its very own gadgets.

Exposing internet security in self-proclaimed ‘secure email service’

BBC Click brought on board Scott Helme, a security researcher and Prof Alan Woodward, a computer security expert from the University of Surrey. These men were given the task of analyzing whether the email messages sent over this platform is secure against the rampant hacking, interception and other attacks.

The personal email server is sold at a price of $ 199 to $399 and in all its marketing communication it has been proclaimed that this service is specifically designed to offer highly secure email communication capability to the consumers.

Two major issues were found in the Nomx which includes software packages running on very old version and harboring a massive amount of unpatched security bugs and the presence of low-key default passwords functionality.

choose the updates for internet security

BBC Click investigation findings were welcomes by the Nomx management and they were happy at getting the list of vulnerabilities. Addressing the issue emerging from the use of old software Nomx explained that it will be bringing frequent updates to its platform which will allow users to choose which updates to apply on their device.

Nomx will not be forcing the users to install all the updates as updates are also known to introduce vulnerabilities & limits internet security therefore it will selectively allow users to pick, choose and install updates whenever they are made available.

The default passwords as well as names provided by the Nomx were introduced in a bid to make it easier for the users to set up their device. Users are always encouraged to change them once the device perfectly set up for using the email communication portal.  On other hand security researchers have found the set up process quite complex and they were not asked to change the password or pick a new one at any given point of time.

Nomx has also contested against the finding revealed by the BBC Click investigation by stating that the way device was tested for Nomx is completely unrealistic. Furthermore it was also established that the internet security of the users were never at risk and attack showcased by the security researchers was simply ‘non-existent’ for the Nomx users.

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Internet Security: Hacker Documents Show NSA Tools for Breaching Global Money Transfer

Internet Security: Hacker Documents Show NSA Tools for Breaching Global Money Transfer

We are living in the age of computer and digital technology has embraced the society in such a way that a person or organization find it quite difficult to get anything be done, without a bit of computer touch. The computer and the internet technology have paved the way for some other developments in almost every sector, which are the integral part of an individual, as well as, for the society itself but the Internet Security is the big concern for every individual.

Like other sectors, the use of computer and the internet have made the banking sector faster and diversified, which help their potential customer to get the best service of any banking issue. It is now known to all that the erstwhile service of the bank, such as; deposit and withdrawal of money on the manual manner, have now become obsolete and the computerized services are available in almost every bank, even in the remote areas.

Now, one can easily avail the net banking system of the bank, which allows the client of any bank to operate his own account from his own office or home, just with the help of a laptop, tablet or smartphone, which are having the facility of the internet. While we are considering the internet banking system, the very first thing that comes to our mind is the Internet Security, which ensures the safekeeping of our hard earned money, deposited in the bank.

Important issues to be noted in Internet Security

Very recently, an alarming issue came out, where some hackers released some documents and files that provide the blueprint of how the famous U.S. National Security Agency are using the weak link in any commercially available software that may help in gaining access to the all important global system for the transfer of money between various banks. According to documents, revealed by a group, named Shadow Brokers, indicated that NSA had already accessed the SWIFT mode of money transfer system through different service providers in the Latin America and Middle East region in Asia.

It is a great threat to the Internet Security, so far the banking sector is concerned, as the internet banking cannot be considered as the safest possible banking operation in this kind of situation, which is now being considered as one of the major issues in this sector. It is stated by experts of the cyber security that some screenshots have indicated some of the SWIFT affiliates had used Windows servers, which were vulnerable in 2013, to the Microsoft exploits and the conclusion made that the NSA had taken the advantage of this loopholes in the Internet Security.

Conclusion

It is reported that NSA has targeted, not one but nine computer servers at EastNets, one Dubai-based bureau of services and SWIFT contractors, as claimed in the documents, released by the Shadow Brokers. The documents also revealed that NSA has used some of the code to inquiry the important Oracle database and SWIFT servers, handling the transactions, which is a real threat to the Internet Security, which needs to be noted and corrected for getting the optimum security of the banking system.

 

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